Each holiday season, several New Orleans hotels deck their lobbies with lush Christmas trees, decorative garland and twinkling holiday lights.
Some local pastry chefs also add an extra touch of holiday charm to displays with some truly Instagram-worthy gingerbread houses, usually with some Crescent City flair.
Here’s a list of gorgeous gingerbread houses found in some local hotels that are worthy of a visit and a snapshot.
Windsor Court Hotel
This year’s gingerbread display at the Windsor Court can make any Grinch grow a heart this holiday season. Pastry Chef Kourtney Lopiccolo created design inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Whoville comes to life in gingerbread form shaped into the whimsical town where the Grinch stole Christmas and where his heart finally grew while on top of Mount Crumpit.
Stick around Windsor Court’s grand lobby as the holiday spirit comes alive with a Christmas tree nearly 20 feet tall — perfect for an Instagram photo. This year, the hotel also adds a letters for Santa mailbox, and the hotel is encouraging guests and locals of all ages to visit the hotel to stop by and drop off their gift wish lists and messages for the North Pole.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Some of the “riders” on board include New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, comedienne and television star Ellen DeGeneres, Louisiana-based painter, gallery owner and entrepreneur Ashley Longshore and the late music icon Dr. John.
Ingredients for the gingerbread streetcar include 444 pounds of flour, 444 pounds of icing sugar, 400 eggs, 124 pounds of corn syrup, 98 pounds of brown sugar, 80 pounds of butter, 58 pounds of molasses, 44 pounds of white sugar and 30 pounds of egg whites.
On the first-floor lobby, guests will also be able to see a gingerbread tugboat named the S.S. Bingle in honor of the beloved holiday mascot of Maison Blanche department store, which formerly occupied hotel’s building.
This grand gingerbread house inside the Harrah’s Hotel puts a New Orleans spin on traditional gingerbread house. This year’s creation is a large replica of two historic New Orleans homes fit for Papa Noel and Mrs. Claus. The homes were also featured on the Preservation Resource Center’s 44th annual Holiday Home Tour.
Created by the Harrah’s facilities, bakery and audiovisual teams, the sweet display stands at nearly 12 feet tall, and it took 450 hours to complete. More than 600 pieces of gingerbread and 800 pounds of icing went into making the sugary masterpieces.
Just outside of the hotel, visitors can enjoy the annual holiday tradition, Miracle on Fulton Street. During the month-long celebration, all will be entertained by the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The event is free and open to the public.
Sheraton New Orleans
The Sheraton New Orleans created an intricate replica of its hotel to life in gingerbread form.
Pastry chef Caitlin Cheramie created the gingerbread structure along with her pastry team. The crew used an abstract candy theme to adorn about 100 pounds of gingerbread with windows, doors and other architectural details found the buildings with a Christmas-colored twist.
Other notable details from the building were incorporated such as the George Rodrigue blue dog paintings and the drive-up motor court.
The design also features a depiction of the Sazerac House, an interactive cocktail museum that recently opened on the corner of Canal and Magazine Streets. There’s even a bright red Canal streetcar on the tracks outside the building.
Building the structure took some intense construction. The team used 50 pounds of icing and more than 30 pounds of assorted candies including jelly beans, M&M’s, Sno-Caps, mini chocolate chips and peppermints.